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Everton's David Moyes is set to replace the 71-year-old, who confirmed on Wednesday morning that he will retire as Manchester United manager at the end of the season

England manager Roy Hodgson believes that no manager will be able to match Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements following the 71-year-old's decision to retire.

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The Scot will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, while Goal.com exclusively revealed that Everton boss David Moyes is set to be appointed as his successor at Old Trafford.

Hodgson insists that Sir Alex, who will take on a directorial and ambassadorial role at United, will be a difficult act to follow, arguing that his dedication is unparalleled.

"The unexpected news that Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to retire marks the end of an era in football management," Hodgson told the Football Association's official website.

"No-one will be able to match his achievements, his dedication, his support for colleagues in need and his team-building know-how.

"This is a sad day for English football. I personally wish him a happy and successful retirement."

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